Get Started: Small Business Week events online

NEW YORK (AP) — SMALL BUSINESS HEARINGS

Small businesses in the tourism industry is the focus of a hearing of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access on Wednesday. The hearing will examine what's called the H-2B visa program, which allows businesses to hire foreign workers; many businesses in the tourism industry rely on those workers for their busy season staffing. The hearing will be at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

On Thursday, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will look at how small businesses are being affected by changes in government contracting policy. The hearing will be at 10 a.m.

You can see both hearings at http://smallbusiness.house.gov/legislation/live.htm

50-PLUS ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurs who are 50 and over can get some advice about business startups during Small Business Week. On June 18, Small Business Administration head Karen Mills and AARP President Robert Romasco will hold a discussion about resources available to what are called "encore entrepreneurs" — those who are starting a business at age 50 or older.

The SBA has a section on its website for these entrepreneurs, at www.sba.gov/encore

AARP also has a website for entrepreneurs: www.aarp.org/startabusiness

The Mills-Romasco discussion will be streamed online. You can access it at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek

WATCHING SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

The forums and events sponsored by the Small Business Administration during Small Business Week will be streamed live online, so business owners around the country can get information about topics ranging from exporting to managing to the state of small business. The events will be held in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., from June 16-21, and will take place throughout each day.

There will also be online-only events daily at 4 p.m. Eastern time on topics including social media and business financing.

You can get more information about the events and you can access live streaming at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek

Small Business Week includes networking and educational events. In addition to the all-day events in five big cities, luncheons and dinners are planned in cities around the country.

ONLINE SEMINARS

SCORE, the organization that provides free counseling to small businesses, holds a seminar about sharing resources to lower your costs. Jim Rhodes, an account executive at car sharing service Zipcar will be taking part. The seminar will be held June 20 at 1 p.m. Register at http://tinyurl.com/mxeslwb

And the SBA is holding an online seminar to help entrepreneurs find cofounders — a team of employees who will help companies thrive in their early stages. It will be held June 25 at 3 p.m. You can take part by clicking on http://emsp.intellor.com/login/412717

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